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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Symptoms

Each type of thoracic outlet syndrome has its own specific signs and symptoms that your Temple doctor will look for when diagnosing this condition.

Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The most common form, neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome can cause:

  • Pain that travels to the head
  • Pain and numbness in the chest and or shoulder
  • Pain and numbness that travels along the sides of the arm
  • Pain, numbness and weakness in the hand.

Patients may have any or all of these symptoms. These are usually made worse by activity.

Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Most often associated with repetitive activity, venous thoracic outlet syndrome can cause:

  • Sudden swelling of the entire arm
  • Dark discoloration of the arm
  • Pain

Arterial Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Although a rare condition, arterial thoracic outlet syndrome can cause:

  • Pain
  • Coldness in the hand and fingers
  • Pale discoloration of the affected hand
  • Cramping when using the arm

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.